Thursday Sports Roundup: MCC and A/E baseball teams win season opener in comeback style – The Globe



Murray County Central 5, Yellow Medicine East 4

SLAYTON – The Murray County Central baseball team opened its season with a nice comeback home win over Yellow Medicine East on Thursday night.

The Rebels (1-0) trailed 2-1 early in the sixth inning, but made a four-run bottom in the sixth frame to storm ahead and lead them to victory.

They took a 1-0 lead at the end of the second period before Yellow Medicine East scored a run at the end of the fourth and fifth periods to cut the lead. YME scored once early in the seventh after MCC had a four-run breakthrough in the sixth, but could get no closer.

Krew Schneider started on the mound for MCC. He pitched five innings, giving up a few runs and striking out eight batters. Schneider also had two hits at the plate, including the team's only home run.

Owen Gillette came into the game and pitched the final two innings for the Rebels and was able to get the win. He also got a hit at the plate.

In total, five Rebel players scored, with Schneider and Dylan Kluis each recording two RBIs. Dugan Kluis and Cayden Veldhuisen each scored a goal for MCC.

Next up for the Rebels is their first away game of the season at Pipestone Area on Friday.

YME 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 – 3

MCC 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 – 5

Adrian/Ellsworth 6, MACCRAY 5

ADRIAN – The Adrian/Ellsworth Dragons baseball team also opened its season on Thursday with a comeback and walkoff win over MACCRAY.

The Dragons (1-0) were originally scheduled to begin their season on March 28 with a game against Luverne. But that game was postponed along with an April 2 game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

A/E took a 2-1 lead after the first inning and the game ended tied 3-3 after three innings. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Dragons regained the lead 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. MACCRAY came back again and took the lead 5:4 at the start of the sixth round.

The game went to the bottom of the seventh inning and MACCRAY still had the one-run lead.

Joe Rahe started the inning with a walk and then Kyler Kunkel singled and advanced to second base on a throwing error. With runners on second and third, Reese Morrison was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jayden Russell then stepped to the plate and hit a single to score Rahe and Kunkel, ending the game.

Russell finished 2 of 4 at the plate with three RBIs, including the game-winner. Rahe was 2-for-3, scored three runs and was walked once, Morrison was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and Kunkel scored two runs and had an RBI.

The starting pitcher for A/E was Keagan Polzine and he went five innings and collected nine strikeouts in a solid performance. Travis Weiss and Charger Erlandson then came into the game on the mound and each hit a solid pitch to help the Dragons win.

Next up for them is another home game against TMB on Friday, which has been rescheduled for April 2nd.

MACCRAY 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 – 5

ADRIAN 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 – 6

Fairmont 7, Jackson County Central 5

JACKSON – The Jackson County Central baseball team's season opener lasted into the eighth inning with a tie tied, but it failed to beat Fairmont on Thursday.

The Huskies (0-1) had a 5-4 lead after six innings, but the Cardinals erased that with a run in the seventh inning before adding two more in the eighth inning to earn a comeback victory.

JCC scored first with a couple of runs in the first inning, and then Fairmont tied the game with two runs in the third inning. After two more runs in the fourth inning, the Cardinals took a 4-2 lead.

The Huskies tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and later took the lead again in the sixth.

After tying the game in the seventh, the Cardinals scored both runs with two outs in the eighth. The Huskies couldn't respond any further and their season opener ended in defeat.

Brett Rossow started the game on the mound for JCC and pitched five innings. After that, Brenan Runge pitched three and two-thirds of the inning and Trey Rossow pitched the bottom of the eighth inning.

Clay Malchow had two hits for the Huskies and Bryson Powers and Ben Spaeth each had one hit and walked once.

The Huskies will next take the field on Friday with a home game against Worthington. It will be Worthington's season opener.

Fairmont 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 – 7

JCC 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 – 5

Dawson-Boyd 9, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 3

DAWSON – The Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes opened their baseball season on Thursday night with a 9-3 loss on the road to Dawson-Bod.

The loss leaves the Coyotes with an 0-1 record to start the year and they will look to bounce back in another road game against Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey on Monday. Their home game will be against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Tuesday.

Soft ball

Jackson County Central 13, Fairmont 0

FAIRMONT – JCC pitcher Hadley Wachal threw a no-hitter in JCC's dominant softball season-opening win over Fairmont on Thursday.

Wachal struck out nine batters and also had three RBIs at the plate. JCC scored 11 runs in the second inning and the game only lasted five innings as the Huskies led by more than 10 runs.

Next up for the 1-0 Huskies is their home opener on Monday against St. James.

Luverne 17, Adrian/Ellsworth 2

LUVERNE – The Luverne Cardinals softball team walked away with a dominant 17-2 win over Adrian/Ellsworth on Thursday night.

It was the season opener for both the Luverne and Adrian/Ellsworth teams, but the duel was originally scheduled to take place on March 26th. The game was then postponed to Thursday.

The two teams met twice last season and Luverne won comfortably both times. Next up for Luverne is a home game against defending state champion Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian on April 15.

A/E will play Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove at home next Tuesday.